On Sunday, Miguel Cabrera cited family in town as the reason behind his much-chronicled exit from the Tigers clubhouse soon after Game 3 Saturday night, before the clubhouse was open to the media for interviews.

Shortly before that, manager Jim Leyland had a talk with his star slugger about availability to media before the Tigers took batting practice Sunday afternoon in preparation for Game 4.

The issue became a story in the wake of the Tigers' second straight shutout loss to the Giants, putting a lot of attention on a star-studded lineup. As the Triple Crown winner, Cabrera was the center of attention, along with Prince Fielder.

When reporters got to his clubhouse locker on Saturday night, Cabrera had already packed up and left. Fielder talked for several minutes.

It was the second time this postseason Cabrera has been scrutinized for media availability. He had an audible exchange in Spanish in the clubhouse in Oakland after Game 4 of the American League Division Series with Octavio Dotel, who told him he needed to reflect no sign of panic on the team after a 2-0 series lead had become a 2-2 tie.

For what it's worth, Cabrera was generally good about making himself available after most games during the regular season.